29 August, 2011
Casualties As Christians/Muslims Clash Again in Jos
Clashes broke out between Christians and Muslims in tense city of
“There are casualties, but the police will give that later,” said Yiljap Abraham, information commissioner for Plateau state, without specifying if anybody was killed.
Plateau state Police Commissioner Emmanuel Dipo Ayeni confirmed there was fighting.
“There were some skirmishes among the worshippers … The matter has been put under control,” he said.
Witnesses told AFP that a group of Muslims had gone to a prayer ground in the city of
, the capital of Plateau state, to mark the end of Ramadan when they were surrounded by residents of the Christian-dominated neighbourhood. Jos
The residents would not allow them to leave and violence resulted, with motorcycles and cars burnt. An AFP journalist saw two shops burnt.
Gunshots could be heard, possibly from soldiers firing into the air in a bid to clear the crowds.